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Hanging Christmas lights can be a daunting task for some. Fortunately, Realty Austin has a guide to help you get through this holiday season. As any experienced homeowner knows your Christmas lights display is an extension of your character, a public statement to those who live near you and the lucky few who pass by. So when that time of year rolls around, you've got a decision to make: do you want to be the neighbor of the year, or just another Clark Griswold? You decide.

Infographic for Realty Austin's Don't Be a Clark Griswold

Formula One U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, TX Original image by

The 2013 Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix is about to embark on it's 2nd year in the states at Austin's Circuit of the Americas track. Races, concerts, entertainment and other events will be held at the COTA track and other venues around Austin from November 14th to the 17th. Realty Austin has all the information you need to have the full experience.

The innaugural event was held in November 2012 and attracted fans, enthusiasts and newcomers from around the world. The races recieved the second-highest Grand Prix race attendance of 117,429 people with a total of 265,000 fans that visited the track over the entire weekend for races, events and entertainment. Each Formula One race is broadcast to more than 30


SXSW in Austin, TXOn any given weekend in Austin it is likely to find people gathering to celebrate anything from Eeyore the donkey's birthday to local bats to cultural celebrations of many sorts.
Festivals of all kinds are a huge part of Austin's eclectic culture, which is why we know it is important to keep you updated with information about Austin’s top festivals that are coming up!



Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg

October 4-6

Austin City Limits Festival

October 4-6 & 11-13

Austin Film Festival

October 24-31

Texas Book Festival

October 26 & 27


November 1-10

Fun Fun Fun Fest

November 8-10

Formula One Austin Fan Fest

November 14-17

Austin Food Trailer Guide

Plenty of us were more than upset about the East Austin food trailer lot on South Congress shutting down in order for new construction to begin in its place. For years we had a single place in Central Austin to go to where you could enjoy any type of cuisine, beverage, or tasty snack while being immersed in the Downtown hustle and bustle.It was like the end of an era. We had our favorites, we had places yet to discover and we had Austin culture.

Now, we are to search for those all over Austin and hope they are open at that time or even in the correct location. However, for those too busy to look around for different places or can't afford to show up to a non-existent location during a lunch break, there are usually a few events year round that


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Find yourself staring at your screensaver while everyone else is packing to get away to a tropical paradise? Are you looking for a getaway that doesn't necessarily take you away? Look no further than your own backyard. From the banks of Lake Travis to the bright lights of downtown, you can find the perfect staycation right here in Austin! Don't believe us? Check out Realty Austin's hippest staycation destinations to enjoy this season.

Realty Austin's Top Staycation Hotels in Austin, TX

South Congress Staycations

Hotel Saint Cecilia (pictured above)

Address: 112 Academy Drive, Austin TX 78704

Phone: 512.852.2400

Amongst the large oaks that adorn the property, visitors will find the unique




Keeping up with 158 People a day - Realty Austin Image by I'm Spacial

Two years ago, Mark Sprague, an Austin-based economist and State Director of Information Capital at Independence Title Company stated that approximately 158 people (40 families) were moving to Austin each and every day. With Austin topping countless year-end real estate, economic, and lifestyle lists in late 2012 and early 2013 (Forbes’ fastest growing cities, 2013), that number is pushing ever closer to 200. 158 people a day - at least. That means each day, Austin's real estate industry needs to grow to support 40 additional family-sized houses, our roads need to be able to support 65 additional cars, and our economy needs to support 40 more households

Austin is the poster-child for a city in

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Looking for Austin Summer camps for kids? Use our comprehensive guide to kids Summer camps in Central Texas to find the perfect ones for the kiddos in your family. Don't let the kids stay in all Summer, get them outdoors for some fun in the sun. From art to sports, music to dance, there's something for everyone this Summer. If you know of a great Summer camp for kids that's not on the list, leave a comment and we'll add it to the next edition.

Best Summer Camps in Austin


Austin Museum of Art (AMOA) Laguna Gloria
3809 W 35th St, 78703
(512) 323-6380
Austin Children's Museum Summer Camps Austin Children's Museum
201 Colorado Street, 78701
(512) 472-2499
Creative Side Teen Jewelry Workshop Creative Side Studio


Image of I Love You So Much outside of Jo's Coffee Shop on SoCo in Austin, TX

Didn't make reservations in time? Need last-minute Valentine's Day ideas? We can help you share Cupid's most famous day with these easy (and thoughtful) Valentine's Day activities in Austin. Any gesture can be a loving one as long as it's authentic to you and your significant other. Here are our favorite ways to share Valentine's Day with your SOS and avoid last-minute meltdowns.

Last-Minute Valentine's Day

Oasis Cantina Del Lago $99 couple
Enjoy dinner at the Sunset Capital of Texas! Reservations required (512) 266-2442
ACL-Live Presents Bob Schnieder Tickets still available
An evening with Bob Schneider and the Moonlight Orchestra featuring the Tosca Strings with Shakey Graves and Lex Land. Doors 6:30/Show


Keep Storage Weird - Self Storage Deals Image by AUTHOR

For our movers and relocators out there, we regularly like to provide info and insight that will help expedite and smooth out the moving process. For starters, you can check out our comprehensive relocation section on our site. But if you're in need of more proprietary information, check back regularly to our blog for real estate updates, neighborhood tips, and the low-down on Austin culture. If you are moving, chances are you're going to need a storage unit.

Luckily, our friends over at Self Storage Deals, a great little company that helps folks find affordable storage units online, have all the information you could ever need to know - from how much space you'll need for your furniture, to how much you can expect

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Living in Austin, you gain certain experiences similar to others living in the same town.

For instance, you might think that every Austinite has been to Barton Springs, but you'd be surprised at how many Austinites have managed to avoid the Springs over the years.

Well, this post is for such an Austinite - the ones who have been here for a while but may have missed out on the particularly "Austin-y" things that make up the collective experiences of tried and true Austin townies. 



1. Take at Dip at Deep Eddy

Deep Eddy Pool

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This one is rudimentary. While it's no Barton Springs (Deep Eddy's bigger brother), Deep Eddy Pool is for those Austinites who like get a little fitness with their recreation. In fact,